Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


Lesson Info

Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye

The other thing that I wanted to show you, let's go back to our photo bin and let's take a look at this red-eye. So this is a big thing and I told you it was really quick and easy to fix and that's why we don't run the auto red-eye scan because it's so easy. So here we are in our quick edit workspace and there's this little button right here, this tool of a red-eye and that's what it's for, it's fixing red-eye. So you'll notice down here there's a button to just auto-correct, so I can just click that, boop and it's gonna think for a minute, it's scanning the image and ta dah, it fixed it. So that's all there is to it really, but you can see it did take a moment, so that's why we don't run it when we import all of our photos because if you take that many moments, multiply times thousands of photos, it's going to be a long process. Let's undo that, so we can try it manually so you can get the idea. I'm just gonna zoom in here. And once I zoom in I can hold the space bar to drag this imag...

e down so I can get a better look. So the way that this tool works is you just position it on the red part of their eye and you click and it fills it in with dark. So I can come over here and do that eye as well. If I want to adjust, like sometimes it doesn't fill it in all the way or it misses the edges or it doesn't make it dark enough or it makes it too dark. If you want to adjust it you want to undo the command and then make the adjustment here and then redo it. So maybe if I want it less dark. Let's see how that looks now. It still looks pretty good. So there's a lot of choices for doing this, the auto or doing it manually or even making all these adjustments but it's really simple. So that's all there is to correcting red-eye. You'll notice there's an option down here for pet's eye so let's take a peek at what that looks like with this image here. We'll go back to the red-eye tool and I'm gonna turn on the option for pet's eye. Pet eye is a whole different phenomenon but people, you know, they're creeped out, they want to fix that too. So pet eye also works. There is not an auto-correct option for pet eye so sorry, Fluffy. But that one didn't work quite as well so I'm gonna undo that and see if we can increase the pupil radius and maybe darken it a little more. You just have to experiment. Oh yeah, that was better. I think that produced a better result. So you can feel free to play with this, just remember you have to adjust this before you do the command. So if you make it and you don't like it, undo it, then adjust it and then redo it.

We all have hundreds of images on our smartphones and cameras that we never do anything with. Adobe Photoshop Elements is the perfect tool for beginners to use for organizing and editing those images. Khara Plicanic will show you the practical ways to use this software by using step-by-step projects you can follow along with at home. You’ll get hands-on practice at making selections and working with layers, doing simple retouching, and adding text to your images.

You’ll also learn: 

• Basic adjustments to color and adding contrast to photos 
• Understanding resolution and image resizing and how to use the crop tool 
• Simple retouching and image compositing

No Photoshop Elements class would be complete without shedding light on file saving and organizing your images for a complete workflow! By the time you’re finished with this class, you’ll be creating beautiful images to share with your family and friends.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5.1


Class Introduction
Understand How Elements Works
Importing Images
Workspace Basics: Organizer
Workspace Basics: Editor
Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix
Color Adjustments in Quick Fix
Apply Black & White Filters
Sharpen an Image
Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye
Straighten an Image in Quick Fix
Explanation of Photoshop Elements
Basic Cropping in Quick Fix
Guided Edit Overview
Guided Edit: Tilt Shift
Ways to Save Files
Layers & Simple Selections
Combine Images with Layers
How to Use Layer Styles
Make Selections with Layers
Make Selection with Lasso
Compositing with Multiple Images
Refine Edge Selection on Image
Use Refine Edge on Images
Create Gradient in Image
Gradient Map Differences
Options for Saving
Brushes Overview
Creatively Use Brushes
How to Change Brush Settings
Use Shape Tool with Brushes
Work with Multiple Shape Layers
Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool
How to Load Brushes into Elements
Add Layer Style to Image
Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
Retouching Overview
How to Use Content-Aware Fill
How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool
Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes
Remove Frown Lines with Retouching
How to Remove Tattoos
Remove a Gap in Teeth
How to Whiten Teeth
Adjust Facial Features
Working with Type Overview
Match Type for Image
How to Manipulate Type Layers
Create Postcard with Type
Add Type on a Path
Organizing Images in Elements
Add Keywords to Images
Smart Tags Overview
Using Albums in Elements
Places Workspace Overview
Use Event Tags on Images
Timeline for Image Organization
Recommended Workflow


  • Just watching this class live. It's my first class with Khara; she is a wonderful teacher, moving at a steady speed but always being careful to let us know what she's doing in the moment. I would classify myself as intermediate in terms of PSE but I've learned lots of little things that will make further use even easier and more fun. I really appreciated her descriptions of the difference between PS and PSE and her encouragement in using Photoshop Elements and all that it can do.
  • I have only been able to watch portions of this class but every single part that I have watched has been technically clear and inspiring to me. Based on this experience and the thorough, 58 item list of lessons, I will surely be buying this class soon! Thank you Khara and Creativelive for making a class on this topic and making it be super!!
  • Great course. You can tell she knows the programme inside out.